The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the London literary scene since they were first launched in 1996. Held monthly at Simpson's-in-the-Strand, the lunches feature three speakers who each address the audience for ten minutes. A delicious three-course lunch with wine accompanies the talks.

To book tickets call Katherine or Jenny on 01225 42 73 11 between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday-Friday. 

Tickets cost £62


Click here to listen in on our previous lunches





FEBRUARY 10TH - Special ticket price of £50!


Andrew Roberts on Napoleon the Great:

The author of Waterloo and Eminent  Churchillians looks back in wonder at

the life of the great Corsican general, who said 'For myself, I have but one

requirement, that of success.' Making full use of Napoleon's 30,000 letters,

Roberts's 'masterly' and extensive biography looks set to become the definitive

one for many years.

Sara Wheeler on O My America.

Globetrotter Sara Wheeler, biographer of Denys Finch-Hatton and

Apsley Cherry-Garrard, who has recorded her adventures quite literally 

to the ends of the earth in Terra Incognita, joins us to discuss her latest

worka book intertwining Sara's own travels on the great continent with

those of six brilliant Victorian women who crossed the Atlantic to reinvent


Christopher Simon Sykes on Hockney: The Biography Vol. 2.

Spanning the beloved British painter's life from 1975-2012, this second

volume of biography is a portrait of an exceptional artist in his prime.

With unprecedented access to Hockney's work, notebooks, diaries and

the man himself, Skye reveals a master.



To coincide with the Bath Literature Festival, The Oldie moves from Simpsons to the

genteel surroundings of the Assembly Rooms.



Mark Ellen on Rock Stars Stole My Life.

Mark Ellen – music journalist and former Ugly Rumours bandmate of

Tony Blair – reveals the wilder moments of his 50-year long career in

the world of rock and roll. From Meatloaf's underwear to Chrissie Hynde's

French Onion soup, Ellen has seen it all...

Matthew Engel on Engel's England.

Wander through England, all 39 counties and one capital of it, with

Matthew Engel. 

Over his three year journey, Engel 'never had a dull day' nor 'met a county

I didn't love': truly, this is 'a celebration of the remarkable and continuing

distinctiveness of every part of England.

Mr Gwynne on Gwynne's Grammar and Gwynne's Latin.

'Happiness depends at least partly on good grammar,' claims Mr Gwynne.

Come and have your split infinitives corrected and find out just why

'Latin is "it", the most wonderful "thing", et cetera. 



Emma Bridgewater on Toast and Marmalade.

Bridgewater's distinctive homeware has found itself on dressers, shelves

and kitchen tables all over Britain and beyond.Toast and Marmalade tells

the personal stories behind the designs, many from Emma's childhood.

Peter Snow on To War with Wellington.

As the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo approaches (and just three

months before our Oldie reader trip to the historical battleground), historian

Peter Snow describes how an awkward schoolboy became a military genius

in his biography of Arthur, Duke of Wellington. 

Stanley Johnson on Stanley, I Resume.  

Stanley Johnson, father of Boris and Rachel, recollects his hilariously 

'exuberant life' in the second volume of his memoirs. Whether he's pretending

to be a burglar or shocking the unflappable Mrs Thatcher with his cocktails,

Johnson never disappoints.





Anthony Sattin on The Young T E Lawrence.

Author of numerous books on Egypt including A Winter on the Nile and

The Pharoah's Shadow, Anthony here turns a biographer's eye on T E Lawrence,

revealing the tumultuous early life of a shyarchaeology student who became

the legendary Lawrence of Arabia.  

Virginia Ironside on Yes! I Can Manage, Thank You!

After the success of No! I Don't Want To Join A Bookclub and No! I Don't

Need Reading Glasses, Virginia's 'Groovy Granny' Marie Sharp is back with yet

more age-related mishaps. As we know, Virginia prides herself on

growing old disgracefully.


STOP PRESS: We are delighted to announce.....

Lady Antonia Fraser in conversation with Mark Lawson. 

Lady Antonia Fraser, biographer of Cromwell, Mary Queen of Scotts, James I

and Charles II will be talking about her two recent books, her childhood memoir,

My History and Must You Go: My Life with Harold Pinter, with broadcaster Mark Lawson.


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